Cowboys telethon raises more than $2 million for Hurricane Harvey victims

The Cowboys and Texans canceled their final preseason game Thursday as the city of Houston continues to deal with the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

While Texans players spent Thursday with their families and tried to help clean up their city, the Cowboys held a telethon to raise money to assist hurricane victims.

Current and former Cowboys players, coaches and other staff manned the phones for 90 minutes Thursday and raised $2 million for the Salvation Army to assist in hurricane relief efforts.

Thursday’s game was originally scheduled to be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium, but was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington before the decision was made Wednesday to cancel the game. About 40,000 tickets had been solid for the game, but ticket buyers could choose to either take a refund or have the cost of the tickets donated to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The Texans’ quarterbacks didn’t get much help from the offensive line, which allowed 10 sacks, six of which came in the first half. Jaguars DE Calais Campbell, playing in his first game with the team after signing in free agency, had 3.5 of those first-half sacks, which set the Jacksonville franchise record for sacks in a game. Campbell finished with four sacks.

The Texans named Savage the starter early in the offseason, and O’Brien stuck by that even after the team traded up in the first round to draft Watson. Savage outplayed Watson during training camp and the preseason, and O’Brien reiterated that Savage was his starting quarterback.

Quarterback wasn’t the only concern for Houston. Linebacker Brian Cushing, tight ends Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz and wide receiver Bruce Ellington all left the game with concussions.
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